6 large egg yolks (I only had medium eggs and the internet told me 6 yolks is 105 grams, so I used 7 medium egg yolks)
1 quart of cream
1 cup of sugar
a vanilla bean
a pinch of salt
and a laser cutter
Let's get started
Step 1: Make the Custard
Pour the custard into ramekins, then place the ramekins in a baking dish and add enough water to the baking dish until it's the same depth as your custard. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the custard is just set. Use a metal spatula to retrieve the ramekins and put them on a wire rack to cool. Wrap them in plastic wrap and stick them in the fridge overnight.
Step 2: Go Play With Lasers
Presumably it would be possible to torch each creme brulee before rastering a small design but the lasered part wouldn't end up crispy which sort of defeats the purpose of making creme brulee in the first place.
Fortunately all the failures tasted delicious, off to try plan B...
Step 3: Try a Stencil
With an even simpler design this might have worked. As it turns out, the flame is perfectly happy to sneak past the indent at the top of the heart so I was left with a fancy valentines day triangle... not exactly what I had in mind. Plan C?
Step 4: Stencil in Reverse?
Use a small offset spatula or a knife to pry up the stencil while you keep the torch on the edges to prevent it from being glued in place.
Decide that the caramelized pattern isn't clear enough so grab original stencil and some powdered sugar to cover your tracks. Slice up a strawberry and call it a success. Aside from the slightly second-hand looking stencils...
Anyone have any bright ideas on how I might make this work? My other brilliant idea was to cut out a heart using a waterjet, weld the heart to a scrap of metal as a handle, heat the heart with a torch and use it to brand the creme brulee... Maybe next year.